Judge states her “preliminary intent” to appoint special master requested by Trump, but schedules hearing
A federal judge notified her of her “preliminary intention to appoint a special director” in a “preliminary order” order on Saturday in response to former President Donald Trump’s Motion filed last MondayHer decision is not yet final and she called for more steps to be taken before a final decision on whether a special master should be appointed.
In her order, Judge Erin Cannon directed the administration to respond to Trump’s motion by Aug. 30 and to submit a “more detailed” in its response Property description The FBI seized “under warrant” from Trump’s Florida residence.
Cannon asked for a “detailed” description of “the status of the Justice Department’s review of seized property, including any filtering review by the Privilege Review Panel and any dissemination of material outside the Privilege Review Panel.”
She also asked about the positions of both parties on the “duties and responsibilities” of special hosts. A logistical hurdle will be the choice of special masters. In this case, the individual would require a maximum security clearance because at least some of the material collected in the Mar-a-Lago search included a collection of documents with a range of classifications from classified to “top secret.”
The court wrote that the preliminary order “should not be construed as a final ruling on Trump’s motion” and scheduled a Sept. 1 hearing.
Trump’s motion called the search warrant “overbroad” and that investigators allegedly collected documents of “presumptive privilege” created during his tenure, saying “it is not appropriate to allow prosecutorial teams to review these documents without meaningful safeguards.” reasonable”.
Trump also asked the court to prevent the Justice Department from reviewing the materials Mar-a-Lago Search taken on August 8 Until a special master was appointed, but the judge did not include it in her preliminary order.
– Robert Legare contributed to this report.